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Public understanding of ocean acidification

This research project assesses the ways in which the British public perceives ocean acidification, often called the ‘hidden’ face of climate change. It was initially funded through a research grant from the NERC UK Ocean Acidification Programme (UKOA), and then a President’s PhD studentship award from Cardiff University. Expert interviews were held with UKOA lead investigators, and following this lay participants’ risk perceptions were examined in the context of their understanding of climate change, supplemented with an experimental component used to test different approaches to communicating ocean acidification and in-depth mental model interviews.

Personnel:

Cardiff University – Nick Pidgeon, Stuart Capstick, Adam Corner, Elspeth Spence, and Paul Pearson (Earth Sciences)

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